Yes, you know what we mean, don’t you?… We all have them, obscure relatively unknown songs that we feel we discovered, identify with and appreciate like no one else. Songs we believe are so unique, we simply can’t understand why the whole world doesn’t recognize and celebrate them ! Songs, when talking with friends, frequently elicits a blank stare. However when someone reacts in kind, it’s a bond, a celebration, and your friends for life!….”YOU KNOW THAT SONG ?… Yep, we’ve all been there.it’s usually a rare track your local D.J. sneaks on the air or a B-side you play while hanging out listening to music. Later, should you get lucky and hear it on the radio or stumble upon it on-line, it’s like Christmas morning! And you instantly recall the “rush” and “wow” of the first time you heard it, then you talk about it for day’s trying to convert non-believers while verbally “High Five-in’ the few folks who “GET IT”
But, most importantly, you want to share it with the world, after all it’s been part of your musical fabric since your first listen, and you know if we just pay attention we’ll get it too
Well, THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE!…This is your place to share THAT song! You know, the one WE didn’t know, we didn’t know ?…And, of course, it must be from the 60’s !
To get things started we’re going to share our choice of an incredible song, we’re pretty sure “You didn’t know, you didn’t know” from a band you wouldn’t listen to unless there was a gun to your head! It’s an L.P. Cut from The Royal Guardsman. YES, those Royal Guardsman, a band that had several hits and made a career out of writing ridiculous songs about the characters from the popular “Sunday funnies” cartoon “Peanuts” by Charles Schultz.
The Royal Guardsman! We’re going to bet you’ve never even seen an album by these guys, but you know their hit’s especially their first hit single “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron” At best, history remembers them as a novelty act! Which makes them a prime source for a great song, that you don’t know. It sounds nothing like their first single or “The Red Baron Returns” or “Snoopy For President” or “A Snoopy Christmas”….Thank you God! No, but it has a great groove, a punchy chorus layered with Beatle harmonies and a subject and lyric that is odd and original, with a nod and a wink…
….”Bears” is the songs title! the first time we heard it was from our local D.J. who was on the brink of “Underground” radio, a new format dedicated to “Quality” artists and “COOL” two words that were never connected with TRG so, our D.J. would play this great track but NEVER mention who the artist was, lest putting his “Cool” in jeopardy. We loved this record but we had no idea who it was, probably just as well!
Take a moment and listen to “Bears” “A deep track”from The Royal Guardsman’s debut album “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron from 1966. How and why this great record was never a hit is beyond us? Maybe it was all the Snoopy B.S. that preceded it!! Ah, but we digress, Here’s our number four…
And please post a video of your pick or we’ll never know what we never knew!
P.S….What do YOU think of “Bears” ?